Showit Website Design
The drag-and-drop, no-code website builder for photographers and creative professionals.
Everything you need to know about the Showit platform, from tutorials to explanations to FAQs and more.
Why our themes?
They make Showit website design easy.
Pick a theme, customize it, and hit publish. Yeah, really—it’s that simple. Gone are the days of sweating over each and every change, waiting on designers, or choosing a template that hundreds of other people have. You didn’t start your own business so you could spend 31 hours googling ‘how to change the fonts on my site.’ Spend less time with code and more time getting after the things you love. We’ll see you on the beach.
Learn how to customize your website so that it looks exactly how you want it to look.
Ready to launch? Check out our Showit Launch Guide and these videos before you do.
Tweak, tweak, tweak until you get it just right. Install analytics, tracking, and more…
Getting Started with Showit
New to the Showit Platform? See the entire process from creating an account through launching your website in just 5 minutes.
Choose A Template
website templates & Resources
Professionally designed, customizable Showit website templates and other resources for photographers and creative business owners. Creative entrepreneur, meet beautiful website.
Showit Website Launch
Launching a new website is a lot of work. Stay organized and make the most out of your launch using this checklist.
FIVE REASONS WHY WE
Drag. And mic drop.
New to Showit? This drag & drop website editor is 100% customizable, comes with a built-in WordPress blog. This platform is beloved by creative business owners like you.
Now you can update your website without calling your designer.
(It’s so easy your grandma could set a site up—without your help!)
WE WON’T LEAVE YOU HANGIN’
The Setup Course
You’ll also have access to our Showit setup and installation course. Inside, we’ll share videos and resources for everything from installing your template to optimizing images and planning your content.
We want to make your setup as smooth as possible. (Remember that afternoon slump promise?)
So we’ve broken down the process from start to finish. You’ll be launching your website in days, not weeks!
A PEEK INSIDE THE COURSE:
YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, WE HAVE ANSWERS
Yes, these website templates are designed specifically for the Showit platform (which includes a built-in WordPress blog). If you’re looking for WordPress only themes, head over to our WordPress page.
You’ll receive everything you need to publish your new site—fonts, graphics, color palettes, etc. We’ll send you an email immediately after your purchase with directions for installing your template. And you’ll also get access to a series of videos explaining how to make updates to your site.
Submit a request and Showit will move it for you. This process generally takes a few days. Yes, they’ll do it FOR YOU. Awesome, right?
Showit will actually migrate your old blog for you! Even if you’re coming from Squarespace. All you need to do is submit a request—it generally takes about 7 days.
No. Choose your Showit subscription and you’re good to go!
Showit has SEO features built-in for all Showit users. Additionally, WordPress is generally considered one of the most search engine friendly content management systems. You can check out a tutorial on using the SEO settings in Showit here.
Do I need to know any code? As with anything else, it takes a little time to learn. But we think Showit is one of the easiest website builders on the market. The back-end has a similar feel to Lightroom and the Adobe Suite, so photographers and designers should adjust easily.
They also have a good U.S. based support staff that quickly answers questions. We used to exclusively design custom WordPress websites. But since Showit launched their new platform, most of our clients have decided to use Showit because it’s easy to use and powerful enough to do what they need it to do. Oh, and the best part? You don’t need to know any coding language to use Showit.
Yep, not a problem!
Yes, the Showit has a support team ready to answer your questions and help you along the way. We also provide access to video demos for each of our full templates.
We design custom Showit and WordPress websites. If you’re interested in a custom website, please inquire using the contact form on the contact page. We can also be hired to customize any of the templates in The Palm Shop.
PS – Don’t see your question here? Feel free to ask us via that little chat icon in the lower right corner of your screen.
Showit vs. Squarespace
Showit and Squarespace have their similarities—but one will quickly find there’s more creative control and flexibility in Showit. Additionally, Showit’s integration with WordPress puts it over the top when it comes to comparing Showit and Squarespace.
give me the nitty-gritty
There’s a lot of similarities between Showit and Squarespace. They’re both website builders that also host your website, they each offer dedicated customer support staffs, and both have templates available that you can use to get started.
But there are also a few key differences.
Showit’s website builder is truly drag-and-drop—move text, images, and videos around with ease. In Squarespace, you’ll be working within modules. They’re relatively easy to use, but don’t provide the same drag-and-drop flexibility.
There are also differences in how the mobile version of the website renders. In Squarespace, the mobile version of your website will render based on the desktop version. The advantage is that it looks good immediately—no extra formatting is necessary.
In Showit, however, you’ll have to format the mobile version of your website in addition to the desktop version. We think this is actually a positive thing because it gives you more control over how the mobile version works. Although, admittedly, it can get a little tedious.
Squarespace does have more built-in e-commerce functionality than Showit. If you have lots of products to sell, Showit is probably not the right platform for you (although, there’s apparently an integration with WooCommerce coming soon).
What really separates Showit from Squarespace is its integration with WordPress. Yes, you can blog with Squarespace. But blogging with WordPress provides so much more freedom and optimization potential. By integrating with WordPress, you can install plugins that add functionality to your website. Not every plugin is compatible with Showit, but plenty are.
Squarespace is a good website platform (that’s why we’re doing this comparison), and I would recommend it over something like Wix in a heartbeat. But we think Showit is better.
so what do you recommend?
We recommend Showit over Squarespace in 99% of situations. The exception is for those people who need some e-commerce functionality and refuse to go with Shopify or WordPress (both of which are better e-commerce platforms than Squarespace).
Showit vs. WordPress
The beauty of Showit is that it combines the ease of a drag-and-drop website builder with the power of the WordPress platform. If you’re primarily a service-based business, like a photographer or event planner, the Showit-WordPress combination is probably a great fit for your business.
but there are also a few key differences.
There’s a reason that WordPress is the most used content-management system (CMS) out there. It’s powerful enough to do almost anything you’d want a website to do from basic blogging to selling digital products to managing a membership website to selling online courses to getting you to the moon. Alright, it can’t actually get you to the moon. But the point remains—it’s a powerful and flexible platform.
There’s a trade-off, of course. Since WordPress is so powerful, it’s not the most user-friendly CMS nor is it necessarily the easiest to learn. It will generally require a little more maintenance and upkeep than using a website builder like Showit or Squarespace even if you’re using one of the website builders/templates available through WordPress.
You’re also able to secure your own hosting for WordPress; whereas, with Showit, they’re the website builder and they manage your hosting (similar to Squarespace). How technically competent you are will determine how much of a benefit it is to secure your own hosting.
If you don’t want to worry about it, something like Showit will most likely be fine for you (and remember, it’s also in their best interest to secure quality hosting for your website). But if you want complete control to add all the bells and whistles your heart desires, WordPress Website Templates might be the route for you.
When people are trying to choose between WordPress and Showit, we often ask them this question: When something breaks, are you the kind of person who’s willing to dig and figure it out, or do you want to be able to fire an email to customer support?
WordPress has a large community and lots of resources available online, but you won’t have a dedicated customer support team. Showit, on the other hand, has a customer support team that you can reach via live chat or email.
so what do you recommend?
If you want/need all the features and are the kind of person that’s willing to get their technical hands dirty, WordPress might be right for you.
If you’re primarily a service-based business that wants something that’s easy-to-use (but still offers much of the power of WordPress) and has a responsive support team, go with Showit.